Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (2):103-131 (2007)

This paper evaluates several recent efforts to interpret the work of Nāgārjuna through the lens of modern symbolic logic. An attempt is made to uncover the premises that justify the use of symbolic logic for this purpose. This is accomplished through a discussion of (1) the historical origins of those premises in the Indian and Tibetan traditions, and (2) how such assumptions prejudice our understanding of Nāgā rjuna’s insistence that he has no “proposition” (pratijñā). Finally, the paper sets forth an alternative interpretation that takes into account the literary dimensions of Nāgārjuna’s writing.
Keywords Madhyamaka  Symbolic Logic  Textual Exegesis  Doxography  Reason and Mysticism
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DOI 10.1007/s10781-007-9018-4
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